If housekeeping hasn't been your top priority in recent years, your home may look like a disaster zone. As you prepare to move, it may seem even worse, because you can't find what you need or prepare properly. The two simple tips below are the best ways to get your home ready for the big move -- the easy way. 

Decisively De-Clutter

A move is the best possible time to do some decisive de-cluttering. Doing this de-cluttering may take some time, especially if you've tended to hoard things in the past. However, once you've done it, you'll find the move considerably easier. 

Apply the one year rule to everything possible. This essentially means that if you haven't used it in the last year, you may not really need it. For example, are you holding onto piles of hardcover books that you haven't read in years? Unless those books are rare or have a high monetary value, it's probably time to de-clutter by donating or disposing of them. Maybe you have an old table or bookcase that has been sitting in your garage for years. It's not likely that you'll use it at this point, so this is a prime de-clutter target. 

Clothes are another easy de-clutter. There are probably some items in your wardrobe that haven't seen wear in years, and there is no reason to take them to the new home when you move. Don't forget the junk drawers, either. You may find that half the items in there have already been forgotten, so it's highly unlikely that you'll miss them if you get rid of them now. 

Organize Along The Way

After purging the items that you don't need from the home, the move may seem a lot more manageable -- but that's not all you can do. Consider doing some organizing as you pack. This will make packing the home as streamlined as possible. Plus, you'll be moving into your new home with a head start on the organization.

A simple black sharpie pen is an essential tool here. As you begin packing, label each box clearly, and add the room where it needs to go. For example, the bedroom comforter and pillows from your bedroom could be in a box labeled "Bedding, Master Bedroom." Write this essential info both on the side and the top of each box. 

While you're packing, leave the boxes open so you can place new items in as you come across them. Once the boxes arrive at your new home, you won't even have to tell the professional movers where to put everything, since it's labeled clearly on the boxes.

The two moving prep methods discussed are not only easy to implement, but they will give you benefits that last long after the movers drop the boxes off at your new home. A new home is a fresh new start, and these methods allow you to truly enjoy that new start. Contact a company like a.m.p.m. Movers to learn more.